Forehand recognized with IIE award

Published: Jul 21, 2008 1:50:28 PM
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Joe Forehand

(Joe Forehand giving his acceptance speech.

Joe Forehand, industrial and systems engineering alumnus and former chairman and CEO of Accenture, was recognized by the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) at ceremonies in Vancouver, British Columbia by receiving one of the organization's most prestigious honors, the Captains of Industry award, for his significant career accomplishments. The award recognizes leaders in business, industry and government who have achieved significant success in their company at the international level.

Forehand accepts Captains of Industry Award

Forehand accepts the Captains of Industry Award from IIE president Ken Musselman.

"I would have never guessed during my developmental days in the industrial engineering program at Auburn University that such an honor would ever be bestowed on me, " said Forehand, addressing the IIE conference. "I think the industrial engineering degree gave me the fundamentals of a disciplined, analytical approach that helped me immensely throughout my career."

Forehand joined Accenture after earning his bachelor's degree from Auburn in 1971 and master's degree in industrial administration from Purdue University in 1972. He ran many different areas of the company prior to serving as Accenture's chief executive officer from November 1999 until August 2004. He served as chairman from 2001 until he retired in 2006.

Joe Forehand and ISE staff

Joe Forehand (center) with ISE faculty (left to right) John Evans, Chan Park, Lu Ann Sims, Jeff Smith at the IIE Awards Banquet.

"Joe is most deserving of such an honor, and we offer him our congratulations for this recognition," said Alice Smith, chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. "As an alumnus, he continues to support us, and we thank him for his generosity in helping to offer scholarship and fellowship opportunities which further develop the goals and mission of the department and college."